Singapore 2010: Coordination Commission concludes third visit
The Coordination Commission for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 concluded its third visit to Singapore today. With 274 days to go before the Opening Ceremony on 14 August 2010, the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) is well on track and firmly on schedule with its preparations for the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010.
There were several points high on the agenda including finalising the sports programme, along with the development and integration of the Culture and Education Programme into the overall event.
The sports programme has now been finalised with the International Federations (IFs) and the session-by-session competition schedule is close to completion. This will allow in turn for ticket sales to be launched shortly.
SYOGOC presented a detailed Culture and Education Programme (CEP) for participants and local youth, using seven interactive formats such as “World Culture Village”, and “Chat with Champions” – each stimulating action and activity. The programme successfully links sport competition at its highest level with the core values of Olympism as well as addressing other current issues such as environmental awareness and healthy lifestyle. The CEP has been further strengthened by IOC global initiatives for “Young Ambassadors” and “Young Reporters”.
Singapore continues to work on successfully connecting local youth through a series of activities and festivals, which will continue until and throughout the Games. There is also a focus by SYOGOC on engaging young people through various digital media and social networking initiatives. To support this, the IOC has recently launched the YOG “Cube”, its new interactive Youth Olympic Games micro-site on www.olympic.org.
Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the Coordination Commission said, “The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee has worked tirelessly over the last six months and has now moved from Games planning to effective operational readiness. The progress of preparations is really impressive and SYOGOC should be commended for having gone such a long way in a short amount time to turn the IOC’s vision into reality.”
“The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will bring together the best young athletes from around the world competing at the highest standards, and immersing in a rich Culture and Education Programme. SYOGOC is working with the IOC, NOCs and the IFs to ensure that the inaugural Youth Olympic Games are an event of the highest international sporting standards. All parties are committed to a successful YOG in 2010. The YOG will be available on all broadcast platforms in Singapore and will reach out to more people around the world”, said SYOGOC Chairman and IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng.
With the event taking place in just nine months, a number of projects were presented demonstrating that SYOGOC is gearing up for the Games to commence. Plans were presented to the IOC for the opening and closing ceremony at “The Float@ Marina Bay”. The IOC also announced today the signature of three official broadcast partners within Singapore: MediaCorp, SingTel and StarHub that will further allow sports fans in Singapore and worldwide to experience the inaugural Youth Olympic Games through a variety of broadcast platforms.
Detailed plans were also presented around a substantial Singapore 2010 legacy. More information will be announced in early 2010.
Notes to Editors:
The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, to be held between 14 and 26 August 2010, will bring together 3,600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from all 205 National Olympic Committees to compete in the 26 sports on the Singapore Youth Olympic Games programme. A full fledged education programme will raise participants’ awareness of the Olympic values and topics like healthy lifestyles and the fight against doping. A number of communications initiatives will link the youth of the world with the event. A culture programme will ensure a celebratory and festive atmosphere within the host city.
The seven CEP formats are Chat with Champions, Discovery Activity, World Culture Village, Arts and Culture, Community Project, Exploration Journey and Island Adventure.
*Members of the Coordination Commission: Sergey Bubka, IOC member and Chairman; Nat Indrapana, IOC member; Syed Shahid Ali, IOC member; Raja Randhir Singh**, IOC member; Frank Fredericks, IOC member and Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission; Rania Elwani**, IOC member; Guido de Bondt, NOC representative; Andrew Ryan, IF representative; and Gilbert Felli, Olympic Games Executive Director. The Coordination Commission is the group of representatives from the IOC and the Olympic Movement who will be monitoring the Youth Olympic Games preparations and guiding the Singapore Organising Committee.
(** not present at the third Coordination Commission meeting in Singapore)